The Commerce and Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) is a statutory agency of the Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, established under the Commerce and Intellectual Property Office Act, No. 43 of 2003.
Mandate and Functions
CIPO has been constituted the national authority for the administration of enactments governing domestic commercial and non-profit activity and the protection of intellectual property.
CIPO has as its mission the provision of a sound administrative and regulatory framework which supports the development of domestic commerce and the protection and maintenance of intellectual property rights. Of strategic importance in this regard is the department’s focus on improving levels of statutory compliance and increasing awareness of the nature and value of intellectual property rights.
Laws administered by CIPO
CIPO currently administers the following laws:
- Companies Act, 1994
- Companies Regulations, 1996
- Registration of Business Names Act, Cap. 111
- Registration of Business Names Fees Regulations, 1981
- Societies Act, Cap. 330
- Trade Marks Act, 2003
- Trade Marks Regulations, 2004
- Patents Act, Cap. 110
- Patents (Amendment) Rules, 1998
- Registration of United Kingdom Patents Act, Cap. 112
- Registration of United Kingdom Patent (Amendment) Rules, No. 29 of 2001
- Copyright Act, 2003
- Geographical Indications Act, 2004